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Buyers Guide

Save for a deposit

  • Confirm the limit you are allowed to borrow.

The Central Bank rules are:

  • First time buyers will need a deposit of 10 percent of the value of the house.
  • Next time buyers require a 20 percent deposit (e.g. a maximum LTV of 80 percent).

Set your budget:

  • Find out how much you can afford to spend on mortgage repayments each month, and ensure that you have enough to cover the other costs of buying a house, including survey costs, stamp duty, moving costs, and legal fees.

If you are selling, get your property valued:

  • Get your house valued by a qualified estate agent and find out how much is outstanding on your existing mortgage to see how much equity you have to put towards your next home.

Research mortgage options:

  • Check price comparison sites for overviews on the mortgage products available from the main lenders.
  • Ask around with friends about their experience with various lenders.
  • Book a mortgage meeting with a local advisor.

Get loan / mortgage approval in principle

  • Gather together all your paperwork.

For employees, it's usually:

  • P60 and recent payslips
  • A salary certificate
  • Bank statements

If you're self-employed, check lender websites for the documents required.

  • You'll need to prove that you'll be able to afford mortgage repayments (plus an extra stress test), so make sure you're keeping a paper trail.

Write a wish list

  • Write down must-haves for your ideal home.
  • How many bedrooms or what size of garden.

Do a little research:

  • Research the area you're interested in and take time to explore further. Check out:
  • New roadways
  • Public transport
  • Schools
  • Amenities
  • Other major developments

Appoint a solicitor to arrange the legal documents:

  • Shop around and ask about conveyancing fees.
  • Ask what the fee does and does not include.
  • Make sure they're a member of the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland.

Make an offer

  • Contact your estate agent to make an offer.
  • Let them know that the offer is 'subject to contract and survey' - so you'll only pay the amount in principle, subject to legal or structural issues.
  • Your solicitor will check for legal issues and you may need to pay a booking deposit to your estate agent.

Get your property checked by experts

  • Hire a surveyor or architect to carry out a structural survey. This will highlight any structural issues that may need to be fixed. Look out for things like:
    • Cracks in the wall
    • Uneven flooring / foundation
    • Broken items around the house
    • Mold
    • Loose wiring etc.
  • If the structural survey returns issues, you will be able to reconsider purchasing the property, or you can negotiate on the price.
  • Get a valuation once the property is 'sale agreed'. You or your lender will hire a professional valuer to send the valuation to your lender before offering the formal loan.

Get your insurance in check

  • Shop around for mortgage protection assurance and home insurance and sign-on for the best offer for you. By law your lender must make sure that you have mortgage protection cover before taking out a mortgage.

Finalise the mortgage loan

  • Contact your lender and inform them of the details of the property. Once they are happy with all details they will send you a formal "letter of offer".
  • Meet with your solicitor and make sure you double-check all details before you sign on the dotted line.

Closing details

  • Sign the contract.
  • Your solicitor will set the date for closing the sale.
  • You'll pay your deposit on the property.
  • You'll need to pay stamp duty as well.
  • Deliver the balance of funds to your solicitor.
  • Confirm home insurance details.

Moving in

  • Research prices for a professional removal firm.
  • Contact the electricity, gas and telephone / broadband companies in advance so you are connected from the start.
  • Make a list of organisations that you need to inform of your new address.
  • Plan to ask An Post to redirect your mail.